Sarah Wynell Goolsby was born on March 15th, 1935 in Monticello, Georgia. She was the oldest of three children born to the union of Benjamin Glover and Annie Kate Bell. In the 1950’s, as young teens she moved from Monticello, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio with her aunt Shirley to live with her uncle Alfred Couch and his wife Leona. He did this to give them an opportunity to a better education, where she graduated from Central High School.
There she met and married Raymond Goolsby. From this union they were blessed with five children, with four surviving children remaining, Donette, Sharyn, Raymond Jr and Roy. Sarah loved every one of her children and grandchildren with great affection, however, she had a special place in her heart for “Nani.”
She retired from Franklin County Children Services after 29 years of dedicated service. She began with the agency in October 1969 as a Case Aide. She also served as a CWC2 in Recruitments/Volunteers, Adoptions, Black Family Connections and finally as a Clerical Specialist in Human Resources until she retired in March 1999.
Sarah was a longtime and faithful member of Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith. She was involved in several church ministries, Hospitality Committee, Food Pantry, and Adult Mass Choir. She was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and LeBron James. She enjoyed family reunions, traveling to the Bahamas, taking cruises and her quarterly luncheons with her former co-workers.
She shared an amazing & loving relationship with her Aunt Evangelist Shirley Shipp. They were raised together as infants and through adulthood they were inseparable. They grew up more like sisters and best friends. When they were together you could see and feel the love, they had for each other. We know this is a temporary separation until they meet again in glory.
Sarah was a true treasure to her children, grandchildren, brother, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. She was known for her sweet potato pies, cornbread dressing and giblet gravy. She had a beautiful soul and spirit. The family enjoyed calling the house just to hear that special way she said “hello.”
In addition to her parents, she is also proceeded in death by her daughter Juanita Goolsby, granddaughter Shayla Uddin, brothers Joe Ben Glover and John Evan Glover, sister Josephine Bell, niece Tonya Jo Swan, son-in-law Al Uddin and former husband and friend Raymond Goolsby Sr.
She is survived by daughters Donette Uddin, Reynoldsburg, OH and Sharyn Goolsby, Las Vegas, NV; sons Raymond Goolsby Jr and Roy Goolsby both of Columbus OH, brother Collin Bell, Columbus, OH, grandchildren Jon Uddin, Candace Bates-Dorsey, Kenneth Marshall II, Brooklyn Waller, Dior Goolsby, great-grandchildren Envy Bennett, Essence Bates, Ailani “Nani” Booker and Onyx Bennett, special Aunt Evangelist Shirley Shipp, special cousin Shirley Parnell, nieces Tanika (Damon) Nabrit and Taylor Swan, nephews Tommy (Vera) Swan, Herman Swan, Brandon Swan, Romello Thomas and Anthony Swan, sisters-in-law Ruby Goolsby, Lettie Lambright and Louise Robinson, brothers-in-law Brack Goolsby and Lawrence Goolsby, host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and close friends Marva Booker, Lillie Lay, Cindy Kasey and Althea Spinner.
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